schef·​flera ˈshe-flə-rə How to pronounce schefflera (audio)
: any of a genus (Schefflera) of chiefly tropical and subtropical shrubs and trees of the ginseng family having usually palmately compound leaves and including some (such as S. actinophylla synonym Brassaia actinophylla) grown indoors and in gardens

Examples of schefflera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anchor Seating Areas with Larger Houseplants Got a hard-working schefflera or ficus sitting in the corner of a room? Marianne Willburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 More plant money, more plant problems For one Brooklyn homeowner, Ms. Muñoz put a schefflera tree in the kids’ room, with rich, green foliage that droops like an umbrella. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2020 Dead leaves on woody tropical plants, such as hibiscus, tibouchina, angel trumpet, croton, ixora, schefflera, copper plant and rubber tree, can be picked off to make things look neater., 6 Jan. 2018

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Word History


New Latin, from Jacob Christoph Scheffler †1742 German physician

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schefflera was in 1953

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“Schefflera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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